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    I've just bought a tall four-drawer steel metal filing cabinet for storing my media in. But the thought just occurred to me - is it actually safe for storing tapes in? Would there be any issue with the metal structure affecting what's on the tapes? Sorry if this sounds like a daft question to some of you here but I just want to be sure!
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    Dust, temperature and humidity should also be controlled for longevity of the tapes.
    Static electricity or magnets wouldn’t be good for tapes, I suppose.
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    Originally Posted by Case View Post
    Dust, temperature and humidity should also be controlled for longevity of the tapes.
    Static electricity or magnets wouldn’t be good for tapes, I suppose.
    Ok, then the metal cabinet itself will not be a threat to magnetic tapes?
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  4. It shouldn't - in fact it may even help and work as crude Zero Gauss Chamber - however it depend from many factors like material characteristic for cabinet - best it should soft magnetic characteristic with high permeability - some special alloys are best but even regular steel should be ok for some time.
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    Originally Posted by pandy View Post
    It shouldn't - in fact it may even help and work as crude Zero Gauss Chamber - however it depend from many factors like material characteristic for cabinet - best it should soft magnetic characteristic with high permeability - some special alloys are best but even regular steel should be ok for some time.
    Great stuff. Many thanks.
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    The tape will fall apart long before the Earth's magnetic field has an appreciable effect. Tape reels and cassettes should be stored vertically, not lying down.
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